The Department of Health Promotion and Wellness offers presentations to classrooms, student organizations, Greek chapter houses and residence halls covering a wide variety of topics that pertain to sexual health and healthy relationships. These programs are interactive and designed to provide all levels of information to students. To request a presentation, click the link below.

Request a Presentation!

Free Condom Distribution Program

The Department of Health Promotion and Wellness offers a free condom distribution program. Students are able to access condoms and lubricant for free at the following locations:

  • Project Health programming tables
    • The Health Hut (Monday through Thursday at varying locations from 10 AM to 3 PM)
    • The Health Hut (Monday and Tuesday at the University Recreation Center from 4 PM to 10 PM)
    • The Health Ambassadors (Wednesdays at the Ferguson Student Center from 9 AM to 5 PM)
    • Gamma (Monday through Thursday at varying locations)
  • 24-Hour Residence Hall desks (Tutwiler, Paty, Bryant, Presidential I, Burke, Ridgecrest South)
  • The Project Health Office (Russell 109)
  • The Department of Health Promotion and Wellness (Russell 101)
  • The UA Safezone Office (Ferguson Center)

Other Sexual Health Resources

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What is the Difference Between STDs and STIs?

STDs are Sexually Transmitted Diseases while STIs are Sexually Transmitted Infections. STIs are transmitted through sexual activity (vaginal, oral, & anal) and as a result of the infection, these STIs can become STDs overtime. This process is dependent on numerous factors: genetics, immunity, environment, individual make-up, continual exposure, treatment, the possibility of multiple STIs, continual sexual activity without protection.

Specific types of Bacterial STDs

Specific types of Viral STDs

To view photos of expressed STDs, click here.

Warning: photos are explicit, real, and may be sensitive to some viewers.
STD Quick Facts

General STD Information

STDs are full of sneaky germs and bacteria who like to hide and grow in the most secret and sensitive parts of the human body. Although unwanted and unwelcome, if you come in contact with an STD, your risk of developing it is high. Be Protected! Be Informed! Here are some quick facts:

  • All STDs like: Dark, warm, moist body surfaces
  • All STDs hate: Light, cold, dry body surfaces
  • To learn more about STDs, check out Fast Facts from ASHA

Other Information

Strategies for STD Prevention

Want to learn how to protect yourself against STDs? Below is a quick fool-proof guide to stay clean and safe when concerning your sexual health!

  • Always use condoms. Although they are not 100% effective, they provide the MOST protection!
  • Abstinence
  • Avoid situations that may make you vulnerable to unwanted or unprotected sex, stay busy, monitor reading/TV/internet, select friends with similar values, avoid alcohol
  • Mutual monogamy with an uninfected partner
  • There are many ways to prevent STDs. This How to Guide from explains many techniques, from expressing love without sex to the use of both female and male contraceptive devices.

Risk Factors

Are you at risk for developing an STD? Check out the list of risk factors below and evaluate your current sexual health status.

  • Feelings of invulnerability
  • Multiple Partners
  • Failure to use condoms
  • Substance abuse
  • Lack of knowledge on subject
  • STD Treatment

Reduce Your Risk!

How do I reduce my risk of developing an STD? Below is a list of ways to help lessen your chances.

  • Avoid contact with body fluids
  • Avoid contact with infected skin
  • Educate yourself
  • Use latex condoms-FREE
  • Do not practice anal sex
  • Avoid alcohol & other drug use
  • How do I Reduce STD Risk?

Get Tested

A large part of healthy sexual health is protection and prevention of STDs. One of the best ways of doing this is by getting tested. If you, or the person you are with, are sexually active or thinking about becoming sexually active, consider the option of getting tested for STDs. This could help prevent the spread of any unknown and/or unwanted STDs.

  • Females! Many women think that their “yearly exam” at the OB/GYN tests for
    STDs, but this is not the case. Ask your doctor to test for these if you are
    interested or concerned. Don’t be shy, it’s their job!

Related Links

  • HIV Testing Information
  • STD Testing: Where and Why?
  • HIV Testing Near You!
  • Testing at the Student Health Center offers convenient, confidential STD testing on campus-no appointment necessary. Co-pay is billed directly to your student account without disclosing the service rendered. 205-348-6262
  • Testing at the local Health Department (Alabama Department of Public Health) Offers FREE STD testing. Call 205-562-7015 for an appointment. The Tuscaloosa County Health Department is located at 2350 Hargrove Road East (directly across from Bower’s Park).

Sexual Activity

Sex is the sum of the structural, functional, and behavioral characteristics of organisms that are involved in reproduction marked by the union of gametes and that distinguish males and females.

Especially in the college environment, we tend to hear a lot of stories and information about STDs. It’s time to be able to differentiate between the facts and rumors!

Other Healthy Relationship Resources


Women and men express their feelings in different ways. Effective communication is important for a healthy and loving relationship.

When each partner gets what they want from the relationship, it is then successful. The Four “Simple” Communication Tools by Steve Stewart, author of 52 Simple Rules to Improve Your Relationship was developed to help couples communicate with each other more effectively:

  • Ask for what you want
  • Show your partner what you want to receive
  • Learn to negotiate
  • Learn to modify what you want

More than Just Words– Types of Communication


  • Self-disclosure: When we revel information we normally wouldn’t because of the risks involved in doing so; this increase our closeness to the other person and deepens intimacy
  • Listening: This is a rare skill! It is important in all relationships to spend more time and energy trying to fully understand the other person and less time judging, blaming, or advising. In an intimate relationship, encourage your partner to share more by being attentive!
  • Feedback: Be positive! Acknowledge the feelings of your partner and offer self-disclosure in response to the conversation


  • Makes up for 65% of our face-to-face communication
  • The majority of our communication is reflected in our actions: eye contact, body posture, volume and tone of voice, gestures, and facial expressions. Understanding nonverbal communication skills can help build successful relationships of all kinds.

When Verbal and Nonverbal communication match, it is easier to interpret the conversation correctly and helps strengthen the relationship.

What Does LOVE Have to Do With It?

It is easy to get the words “Love”, “Sex”, & “Commitment” confused…and that is because they are closely related!

  • Love draws the two people within a relationship together
  • Commitment in a relationship reflects responsibility, reliability and faithfulness of the couple

There are many different forms, or types, of love that we can have for an individual. Four of the most common types are explained below:

  1. Paternal-Love expressed for a child by a parent
  2. Platonic-Friendship love; no sexual elements involved
  3. Romantic: Deep emotional, spiritual recognition of the other person in the relationship
  4. Passionate: Involving both the pleasure & pain of love as a result of emotions from our stress response. Relates to the feelings and appreciation towards the other person in the relationship.

Love binds us together as partners, parents, children and friends. HEALTHY intimate relationships are an important contributor of the well-being of both individuals & society

Resources at UA

Does your relationship need help getting started? Relationship counseling is available through the Counseling Center, 205-348-3863.

The Student Health Center, 205-348-6262, offers many educational resources and services regarding STDs and sexual health to better help you.

The Women and Gender Resource Center, 205-348-5040, maximizes the learning experience of every UA student and the greater UA community through outreach, services, and advocacy to empower women and encourage their active and equal participation. The Women and Gender Resource Center also offers counseling and support groups for women, as well as events targeted towards positive sexual health and wellness.